Beauty and the Beast is an old French love narrative that has been transformed throughout time. In some versions the focus goes from Beauty to making the Beast appear more magical. From the original author, to more writers from countries outside of France, to finally ending up in the hands of Disney's animators, this story has largely changed from its roots. Here are some major differences with some of the main characters.
I was recently part of a local authors event at a nearby library. There were a dozen other authors present and many people attending. For hours I maned my table and showed the results of many lonely hours of work.
Was the event successful? That depends on how you define success.
~I had the opportunity to interact with the patrons. I educated readers that walked by, presented my books, and talked about my brand. I heard many great personal stories that revolved around golf, my chosen genre. These tales give me ideas for future books and articles. I had people approach that had purchased my books in the past, each provided positive comments after reading the stories, which makes me feel like I’m making a positive difference. I gave out several business cards and planted the seeds for future sales.
One wintry day a Woodman was tramping home from his work when he saw something black lying on the snow. When he came closer he saw it was a Serpent to all appearance dead. But he took it up and put it in his bosom to warm while he hurried home. As soon as he got indoors he put the Serpent down on the hearth before the fire. The children watched it and saw it slowly come to life again. Then one of them stooped down to stroke it, but the Serpent raised its head and put out its fangs and was about to sting the child to death. So the Woodman seized his axe, and with one stroke cut the Serpent in two. "Ah," said he,
Grace does not come from the wicked
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I always yell at my children that the goal of household chores is not to just finish the task but to finish it with great results. This concept alludes them as, somehow, they are able to “clean” the counters without removing all the debris. After they finish this task, the surface isn’t presentable nor professional.
This same focus doesn’t apply with writing a story. In the drafting process, the goal is to simply finish, regardless of how well the completed project is. During this step you don't stop to correct a typo or clean a plot issue that you might have missed. You just keep going until you have the entire story on paper.
A GREAT CITY was besieged, and its inhabitants were called together to consider the best means of protecting it from the enemy. A Bricklayer earnestly recommended bricks as affording the best material for an effective resistance. A Carpenter, with equal enthusiasm, proposed timber as a preferable method of defense. Upon which a Currier stood up and said, "Sirs, I differ from you altogether: there is no material for resistance equal to a covering of hides; and nothing so good as leather."
Every man fends for himself.
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